UPDATE: Back in June, it was announced that women who experienced a hostile work environment, sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination while working at The Weinstein Company or women who experienced sexual abuse by Harvey Weinstein are entitled to receive restitution, pending approval from a judge. The to-be-determined sum that these individuals will receive will come from a $18,875,000 victims’ compensation fund.
But on Tuesday morning, a federal judge in New York rejected the proposed settlement.
“We have been saying for over a year and a half that the settlement terms and conditions were unfair and should never be imposed on sexual assault survivors. We were surprised that class counsel and the New York Attorney General did not recognize this fact but are pleased that Judge Hellerstein swiftly rejected the one-sided proposal,” Douglas H. Wigdor, an attorney for several of the Weinstein accusers, shared in a statement to E! News. “On behalf of our clients, we look forward to pursuing justice against Harvey Weinstein and his many enablers.”
Per the original agreement, that was negotiated by N.Y. Attorney General Letitia James, any individual who previously signed a non-disclosure agreement related to any sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein, are hereby released from said contract.
A tentative deal has been reached in the civil case against Harvey Weinstein, the New York Times reports.
Back in 2017, the movie producer was accused of nearly 30 years of sexual misconduct, claims which he has continued to deny. On Wednesday, Weinstein appeared in a New York City courtroom, via a walker, for a hearing on his criminal sexual assault case. Following his court appearance on Wednesday, a NYT report, citing lawyers involved in the negotiations, stated that a tentative deal had been made between Weinstein, his former film company, and his accusers.
According to the report, this is a tentative $25 million settlement agreement with “dozens of his alleged sexual misconduct victims.” In the terms of this deal, Weinstein would not have to admit he did anything wrong or pay the money himself. It would instead be paid by insurance companies that represent The Weinstein Company, which filed for bankruptcy in 2018.
The settlement still needs final signoff and court approval, but has reportedly gotten “preliminary approval.”